David Walmsley says “fuck you very much” to Globe’s Editorial Board… know the feeling

Canadaland — Jesse Brown• June 11, 2014 – A highly-placed source within the Globe and Mail has leaked the following item to CANADALAND:

The Globe and Mail Editorial Board unanimously agreed to endorse a minority Liberal government for the Ontario provincial election but was overruled at deadline by Editor-in-Chief David Walmsley. Walmsley held the section up at noon last Friday for over two hours, costing the budget-strapped and job-slashing Globe tens of thousands of dollars as Editorial Board editor Tony Keller gnashed his teeth and squeezed out a forced endorsement for Tim Hudak’s Conservatives.

Just because we enjoy a little diddle and tittle tattle from newsrooms I present this post election joie de pique fourais.

If it’s true… and I mean any part of it… it’s a bit of fun in an otherwise bland election. Since when does an editor exercise such feudal and constrictive, not to mention undemocratic, measures over his board of trusted editorialists? Since ever. Ever heard of a fellah named William Randolph Hearst?

Usually these kangaroo courts are enacted if the view of the editorial board gets in the way of the business. Obviously Mr. Walmsley gave the old one finger to his board because of some pressing monetary issues. It’s always about the money. Follow the money and you gets da’ story. And this Gob and Pail controversy says Jesse Brown can be traced irreducibly to the filthy lucre.

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[dropcap] T [/dropcap]he Globe newsroom was in miserable spirits today as Walmsley’s honeymoon came to an end. It is widely felt that Walmsley was carrying water for publisher Philip Crawley, who in turn was carrying out the orders of the Globe-controlling Thomson family, whose interests would be best served by a Conservative government.

Staffers have been seething since Friday, yet policy states that the final decision of the Editorial Board does belong to the Editor-in-Chief, and any insurrection was contained within the Globe. But tempers boiled over today when Walmsley held forth in a Globe Now video, explaining the thoughtful, thorough and principled process that led the Board to the Hudak endorsement:


I have known a few publishers in my time. I got lucky with my first and my second. Merv Farmer owned three newspapers in the Interlake of Manitoba and he was a gem. I loved Swervin’ Mervin. He owned half the town of Stonewall, Manitoba and yet he spent every production day and every delivery day in a 20 year old wretchedly ink-stained blue lab coat overseeing the layout of the papers. On delivery day? He stuffed flyers into the papers.

Merv gave me four raises in two years. I never asked for one of them. He used to fire me his Jets season tickets or invite me to a game with him if he could not find a second. I was a drunk back then. And he put up with my indulgences. Overindulgences.

Merv never interfered with editorial decisions. He helped me through a separation and he sent me to the bank with my credit card after the bank manager put a word in his ear. “Give him your card… he’s got the scissors,” said Merv. I did that and went back to stuff flyers. On my next paycheck I noticed a bump in my stipend. I paid off the overdraft in record time.

I worked for Fred Runge in Ottawa as a managing editor shortly after my mother died. So I left Merv and went to work for another decent publisher at Runge Press.

So I guess I was pretty lucky.

Then I landed in Haliburton.

And met Bram Lebo, an ersatz owner of something called the Highlander. I started the Highlander and wrote the first front page story. It was all about the 2011 provincial election. And the interview was with Laurie Scott, the winner. That was a fun night.

Then a trap door opened and I fell into a deep, dark, and soul-sucking abyss, encountering a  free fall from trust that gave me some insight into just how special a workplace should be; and could be. It should be like Merv’s Hostelry at Interlake Publishing. It should be a place where trust and respect abound. It should be an ethical place where promises are kept and employees are paid up front and on time.

After less than a year at The Highlander I lost that bonhomie, trust and sense of purpose inculcated so precisely and immeasurably at Interlake Publishing. Geez, I hope I can get it back.

So I get the point being made here, vis a shifty management paradigm at the Gob and Pail.

Here’s the screaming mimi of a ditty. The Globe and Mail owners group asked their employee, Walmsley, to say “fuck you very much” to the staff. Then asked the staff to suck it up and lie. Which is wrong. It’s bankrupt.

[blockquote cite=”Canadaland” type=”left, center, right”]According to CANADALAND’s source, every word of the above is true until the name Tim Hudak is mentioned. The Globe’s Ed Board put weeks of work and thought into arriving at the Wynne endorsement, and they are now baffled as to why they even bothered.  This sentiment is shared throughout the newsroom. It was more than one staffer could take, to stand by passively as Walmsley piously held forth about the “certain values” that “the Globe and Mail stands for”  while seemingly speaking on behalf of journalists he second-guessed and overruled at the behest of his masters.[/blockquote]

How can they do this? We might well ask.

It’s called lack of Empathy. And Conscience. And Integrity. Somewhere in there rests a high score on the Hare Psychopathy Standard Test.

Oddly enough those are the three things we look to in a newspaper.

PS: The Highlander does get a pass from this author… on the grounds that the Highlander, a giddy, softshell, softsell and softshoe gummibear of a newsy meander lost its legitimacy as a paper a while back. It’s a rag. And a prop. And a sop.

It’s Pennysaver… with a prettier font.

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